What To Eat When On A Detox

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Detox Foods List

By Guy Lawrence

If you follow our Facebook page, you may know that I am on an 8-10 week detox. I have a parasite that’s killed all my good bacteria, and has essentially affected my feng shui in the gut!

I am taking Metagenics supplements too, but these have been prescribed to me for a direct role related to my gut.

Why is this post relevant to you?

If you fancy implementing a clean eating plan for a few weeks, then the foods I’ve listed below will do the trick nicely.

For those of you that follow my blog, you’re probably aware I can’t do fluffy and nice to well, as I need to say it as it is. So if you think detoxing is buying some kind of tea from the chemist, or cutting out the potato chips for a limited time whilst ‘detoxing’, I apologise in advance. My purpose is honestly to educate and inspire, not to intimidate and throw it in the all too hard basket. But if you want the sugar coated topping without the real deal, buy a copy of a glossy magazine like No Idea.

One step at a time

For some just stopping alcohol for a month and having a cup of lemon tea is detoxing. Simply cutting out sugar or stopping that 3pm cookie fix is detoxing too. Whilst these are all fantastic and are steps in the right direction, I think it’s healthy to understand why you are doing it and the choices you are making. And if that’s where you need to start then go for it! Just don’t fall back to old ways after a week.

I feel I’ve surrounded myself with the best in the health business, and I am being guided all the way through my detox by Naturopath Tania Flack. So if you are looking to go the whole nine yards with a detox, I suggest you check out a local Naturopath in your area and be guided the right way too.

If not and you just fancy cleaning up your diet, then following my eating guidelines below will certainly help a great deal!

The detox foods I eat

Detox foodsTo make life easy I’ve grouped them into macronutrients; Protein, fat and carbs. I will combine all these foods to the best of my ability. I’m no Jamie Oliver, but I enjoy the challenge of the detox to make me think more creatively when it comes to what I can do with food.

Pic right: The difference between my creativity & Healthy Playful Living’s creativity whilst making detox friendly foods.

Main Source Of Animal Proteins

I will be having a palm size portion of these 1-2 times a day.

  • Fish
  • Grass fed beef
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Eggs (3 = 1 serve for me)

I will avoid eating:

  • Processed meats
  • Sausages
  • Pork
  • Bacon
  • Dairy – I only have limited dairy usually which is cream in my coffee, a little cheese in my omelette, butter & the grass fed WPI whey protein in the 180 Protein Superfood. I don’t drink milk. But all these are off limits for me for 8 weeks.

Main Source Of Plant Proteins

I will avoid eating:

  • Soy
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh

Main Source Of Fats

Essentially most fats from their raw natural sources

  • Coconut Oil (Will do all my cooking with this too)
  • Coconut milk & cream
  • Egg yolk
  • Olive oil (cold only)
  • Macadamia oil
  • Avocados & avocado oil
  • Liquid Metagenics Fish Oil
  • Fats from 180 Protein Superfood Vegan
  • Saturated fat from grass fed meat

I will avoid eating:

  • All fats in 95% of supermarket products (usually hydrogenated). This is a no-brainer and should be a priority whether you are on a detox or not! If you want to learn more about this, read David Gillespie’s book Toxic Oil. It’s a must!
  • Homogenised fats. i.e found in most full cream milk & chocolate. I avoid these anyway.
  • Butter & cream 🙁 I Love my butter & cream, but it’s gone for 8 weeks due to the dairy free protocol. Margarine isn’t an option, & if it’s in your fridge go and throw it in the bin right now!

Main Source Of Carbohydrates

  • Green vegetables – Combination of cooked & raw with most meals
  • Coloured vegetables – Combination of cooked & raw with most meals
  • Sweet potato – I’ll have this after heavy exercise sessions
  • Pumpkin – I’ll have this after heavy exercise sessions
  • Quinoa – I’ll have this after heavy exercise sessions
  • Some legumes

Fruits I will eat:

  • Berries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Avocado – Knowledge is knowing it’s a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad 🙂

I will avoid eating:

  • All bread
  • Grains (unless listed)
  • All flour & pastries
  • Sugar (No-brainer)
  • White potato
  • Essentially 95% of supermarket products (Again, whether you are on a detox or not you should seriously consider these things)


  • I’ll avoid all other fruits except those listed above for the duration

So there you have it in a nutshell. I understand that I haven’t gone microscopic with the foods, but you get the idea. Feel free to share any recipes you have with me!

To make myself accountable, I am tracking my meals & progress over on:


Twitter @180_Nutrition


Simply type #180detox into any of these 3 social media platforms search fields to see all.

Are you on a detox? What do you think a detox should look like? Love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, Guy

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8 Replies to “What To Eat When On A Detox”

That seems like a great detox Guy, good luck with it.

Normally I eat a primal diet – mostly paleo, with the indulgences of wine, dark chocolate and some hard cheese like parmesan here and there – but it’s easy to get side-tracked with ‘technically’ paleo things like paleo granola and almond milk for breakfast, smoothies for lunch/snacks and choc/protein bliss balls for dessert. So for the next four weeks I’m going back to basics… eggs for breakfast, chicken/fish + salad for lunch, and red meat + veg for dinner. I’m thinking of it as a ‘reset’.

Now I just have to start making my own bone broth and I’m set!

Guy Lawrence says:

Thanks Jenna… Even if you do get side tracked, it’s still better than what most are doing 😉 A reset for a few weeks never hurts anyone!

Can you tag me in the bone broth when you make it, would love to know how you do it! Awesome, Guy

Carsen says:

WHy avoid adding Avocado to salad?

Guy Lawrence says:

No reason, just liked the saying 😉

Ellie says:

Hi, how did you find out you had a parasite in your gut? I have been dealing with digestive issues for years and I have seen a long list of practitioners about it without any success. I decided to cut a lot of things from my diet including sugar, refined carbs and processed food in general but I’m still having problems with my stomach. Can you recommend someone who might be able to help me? I live in the eastern suburbs of sydney. Thank you

Guy Lawrence says:

I went through the Naturopath Tania Flack. She arranged my stool to be sampled by a pathology company in Melbourne, who then examine all bacteria and parasites within the gut good and bad. From this diagnosis I was then able to treat it correctly under the care of Tania. Hope that helps, Guy

Mat says:

Hi Guy

Yeah i had an appt with Tania the other day, blood screening, urine testing for leaky gut and food intolerances etc. Im in a similar situation, detoxing and avoiding all the good things i love like eggs and 180 Nutrition Protein powder, due to being intolerant to almond. 3 months of avoiding some of my loved foods for the healing process to complete.

Will be following your progress

Guy Lawrence says:

That’s great Mat! I’m honestly enjoying the process. It feels good knowing that we’ve taken control of getting these things sorted 😉 Good luck!

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